Opening Session, Tenth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Imperial College London, London, UK
Conference Dinner, Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society, Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
Conference Dinner, Eighth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Welcome Reception, Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society, Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
Garden Conversation with Attila Nemes, Eighth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Our History ...

The Arts in Society Research Network

Conference

The International Conference on the Arts in Society began in Australia in the early 2000s with three network-based events–a conference on Indigenous Visual Arts in Adelaide and then two conferences associated with the Adelaide and Melbourne Festival of the Arts. The Adelaide conference was an initiative of the US Opera Director Peter Sellars, who curated the Adelaide Festival in 2002, and the Melbourne conference by Australian singer and actor Robyn Archer, who curated the Melbourne Festival in that year. These two directors provided the initial inspiration for the idea of talking about the arts at sites of arts practice.

The International Conference on the Arts in Society is a platform for interrogation of the nature of the arts and arts practices. Its aim is to create an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of the arts in society. The conference is a place for critical engagement, examination, and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world–on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, on the streets, and in communities.

Publishing

The Arts in Society Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network members can make their voices head in the journals of the The Arts in Society Journal Collection. These journals have all the rigor traditionally expected of scholarly publishing, but in other respects are unlike much academic publishing today—ours is a responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive peer review and publication process. The second publication medium is through the Arts in Society Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.

Community

The Arts in Society Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter, or explore our innovative social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2006 - The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2007 - University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany
  • 2008 - Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham, UK
  • 2009 - Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy
  • 2010 - Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • 2011 - Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, Germany
  • 2012 - Art and Design Academy, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
  • 2013 - Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2014 - Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  • 2015 - Imperial College, London, UK
  • 2016 - University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on the Arts in Society has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • Aaron Levy, Director Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, USA (2009)
  • Andrzej Klimowski, Royal College of Art, London, UK (2006)
  • Beatriz García, Institute of Cultural Capital, Liverpool, UK (2012)
  • Sir Brian McMaster, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, UK (2006)
  • Colin Rhodes, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2008)
  • Fiamma Montezemolo, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, USA (2014)
  • Gerald McMaster, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (2007)
  • Judy Chicago, Artist, New York City, USA (2009)
  • Nina Czegledy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (2013)
  • Ruth Noack, Curator of Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007)
  • Sally Tallant, Artistic Director and CEO of the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK (2012)
  • Suzanne Anker, School of Visual Arts, New York City, USA (2011)
  • Tessa Jackson, Chair of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh, UK (2006)

Past Partners

Over the years, the Arts in Society Research Network, has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations: